Instructions for Audi-base Short Shifter
Socket (to remove wheel)
step is to remove the left rear wheel. Jack up the left side of the car
and put a jack stand under the car.(for safety).
left rear wheel.(19mm).
Put car in
have a late car (85.5 – 91) you can skip this step and go to
step #5. If you have an early car (83-85) you will have to remove the
left side transmission mount. It covers the shift linkage and will need
to be removed. Place a jack under the transmission to support the
transmission. The jack shouldn’t be putting force on the
transmission, just holding it were it is. Once the jack is under the
transmission you can remove all 4 bolts on the mount. Keep the jack in
place supporting the transmission until you reinstall the mount.
can remove the old shift linkage. Remove the two bolts that hold the
linkage onto the car. One is behind the black rubber boot. Pull the
boot back to reveal the head of the bolt. Use a 10mm wrench to remove
the bolt on the shift shaft(A), and use a 13mm socket with a long
extension to remove the front bolt.(B)
will be easier to remove the last bolt.(C) Use a 17mm wrench to hold
the back of the bolt and a 13mm socket to remove the nut on the front.
Once you remove this bolt the old shift linkage will be completely
can install the short shift linkage. First slide the linkage on the
shift shaft. Then slide the linkage into the black rod coming from the
front of the car.
supplied loctite on both bolts for the shift linkage. Install the small
bolt to hold the linkage onto the shift shaft, then the bolt that goes
onto the black shift rod. Make sure they are lined up with the notch in
the linkage and the notch in the shift shaft. Try to line them up
visually first before putting the bolt in. The bolt will help line the
two parts up if they are close. Another way to do this is put the bolt
in and slowly tighten the bolt while rotating the shift linkage a
little. You will be able to feel when the bolt finds the notch on the
shaft. Then you can tighten the bolt the rest of the way.
the loctite on the nut for the last bolt. Install the last bolt on the
shift linkage. Install this bolt in the bottom slot if you want the
side to side movement to remain stock, or install this bolt in the top
slot if you want the side to side movement to be 30% shorter.(I
recommend using the top slot) Use the 17mm wrench and the 13mm socket
with the swivel extension to install the last bolt. This bolt will also
align the shifter inside the car from side to side. If the shifter
isn’t aligned side to side then it will hit the inside of the
car. This will make it hard/impossible to shift into 1st and 2nd, or
5th and rev. With the car in neutral, the shifter should be straight up
and down, or leaning just a little towards the driver. Here is how to
center the shifter.
slotted hole in the top of the short shifter is what centers the
shifter inside the car. Start with the car in neutral. Then make sure
the top bolt in the short shifter is loose. Then get someone to sit
inside the car and hold the shifter in the center, straight up and
down. Then tighten this bolt up. Now your shifter should be aligned and
you are finished.
have an early 944 then you can now reinstall the transmission mount.
Reinstall and tighten all the bolts. Once they are tight then you can
remove the jack from under the transmission.
long as all the bolts are tight on the shift linkage you can reinstall
the rear wheel. Make sure the rear wheel is tight and remove the jack
stand and jack. Now you can enjoy smoother and faster shifting.